Exactly three years ago this month I fell and injured my ankle. It was supposed to take two to six weeks to heal, but for months afterward there was lingering pain in that leg. After that I resolved to always watch my step, especially on stairs where women do most of their falling. But it only takes one lapse. Yesterday I was on my lunch break and eager to get a few things done around the house. I had finally finished the huge shredding project of all the ex's old papers and was carrying two big bags of shredded paper and a cardboard box out to the recycling bin. Two small flights of stairs, I just tossed the box and then followed it down carrying the bags, unable to see the stairs and thinking about other things when *crash* my foot slipped off the last step and down I went. I felt the ankle pain immediately and just hoped it wasn't broken.
I appears I've re-injured it in the same place. I still had the ankle brace from the last episode, so iced the injury, immobilized it, and kept it elevated as much as possible. The swelling is not as bad as the previous injury--probably because I got the ice and compression on it sooner this time.
Well, I'm hobbling. It's not broken. But it hurts and I'm mad at myself for forgetting my own advice.